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DVD Won't Play – Here Are Remedies to Repair Such Issues

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Updated on May 11, 2023

My DVD won't play anyhow. What is to blame for the issue that DVD will not play and how to figure it out? In this article, we have provided you with some common and effective methods.

BTW, in case of DVD not playing for no reason, it's a bright idea to back up DVDs to digital videos for handy playback. Get the easy-to-use DVD Ripper here:

Why Won't My DVD Play

When you insert a DVD disc into the DVD player and try to play the DVD on your computer, TV, PS4, or any other devices, you may run into the problem that DVD won't play normally, such as DVD aborted, DVD skipped or freeze, etc. What's worse, there is no response after you insert the DVD discs. The factors causing the problem can be various, yet there are some common fixes you need to try first. Besides, based on different situations, if you can't solve the DVD not playing problem, you need to dig into your case and find the root, which may sound a little difficult. Don't worry! Here we have listed all methods and corresponding steps in detail.

Common Fixes to DVD Won't Play Issue

1. Clean the DVD Disc

If a DVD disc is interfered with smudges, fingerprints, dirt, dust or other extraneous materials, it could not be recognized and read correctly, which will result in playback failure. So the first thing you need to make sure is that your DVD disc is clean. If not, you can clean the disc using isopropyl alcohol, water, as well as a microfiber cloth. First mist the surface of the DVD disc with isopropyl alcohol, then use the microfiber cloth to wipe the alcohol off in straight lines, and rinse the DVD to wash the extraneous materials. Finally, dry the DVD and test it on your DVD player.

2. Clean the DVD Drive

Dirty laser lens of the DVD drive is also a common reason causing that DVD won't play. You can purchase and insert a lens cleaning disc into your DVD player and follow the manual to clean the laser lens in the DVD player's DVD drive.

3. Test the DVD Disc and DVD Player

A: Play the DVD disc on two different machines. If the DVD disc works on one of them, this DVD not playing issue is most probably due to your equipment.

B: Play a different DVD disc on your current equipment, if it can play normally, your previous DVD disc is very likely damaged.

4. Repair Damaged DVD

If there are scratches or other damages on the interface of the DVD disc, you need to repair the DVD disc. When the DVD disc has visible scratches, you can try the method of cleaning DVD disc above or polish the DVD using Vaseline, Windex, peanut oil or baking soda toothpaste. Use a specified DVD repair tool or ask for help from the DVD-rental store if the problem still exists.

A Modern Way to Play DVD Movies – Convert DVD Disc to Digital Videos

More and more people like to play and stream digital files, which can be more convenient. So if you urgently need to play a DVD movie, it's a brilliant idea to convert DVD disc to digital videos to fix unexpected DVD won't play issue in the future. WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro is a remarkable DVD ripping tool that will remove copy protection from DVDs, remove DVD region code, and convert DVD to MP4, AVI, MKV, MPG, WMV, MOV, etc. It also offers profiles for various devices like TVs, Game consoles, tablets, and mobile phones.

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  • 1. Convert DVD to MP4 and 300+ presets with GPU Acceleration.
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  • 4. Bypass/remove all DVD encryption like region code, CSS, etc.
  • 5. Simply compress an 8 GB DVD to 1-2 GB digital video file.
  • 6. Adding hard, soft or forced subtitles is supported as well.
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Three Steps to Convert DVDs and Fix DVD Not Playing

Import Target Source

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Step 1. Add the DVD Source

Firstly, put a DVD disc into your computer's DVD drive. Run WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro, click on "DVD Disc", choose the target DVD drive letter, and select "OK". The program will instantly remove any protection and list all titles in the DVD movie. What's more, it will select the main title for you and you are free to activate all titles for converting by right-cliking on the main interface.

Choose MP4 under Video

Step 2.  Choose an Output Format

Navigate to the Output Format profile on the right side of the window, go to the "Video" tab, and choose any video format you need. Likewise, you can select your device model under the "Device" tab or extract audio from DVD by selecting an audio format under "Audio".

Start the Conversion Process

Step 3. Start the Ripping Process

On the main interface, choose the needed audio and subtitle track below every DVD title. Then click on the three dots icon at the bottom and choose a location for saving the output. After that, click on "Run" to commence the conversion.

Also Read: Free DVD Player for Windows 10/11 | Get Digital Copies of DVDs I Own | DRM Protected Video and DVD Converter

WonderFox doesn't advocate any illegal duplication and distribution. Please refer to the DVD copyright laws in your country before ripping a copy-protected DVD movie.

How to Fix a DVD that Won't Play in Different Scenarios

If you have tried all the methods above, yet still can't find the cause or you don't want to rip the DVD, here we have listed the specific situations and corresponding solutions. Let's have a look.

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1. Can't Play DVD on Computer or Laptop

You may try to play a DVD on your Windows 11/10/8/7 and other versions yet fail, or you want to play DVD on a laptop without a DVD drive. Here we have given solutions to help you out.

• How to Play DVD on Laptop Without a DVD Drive

• The Overall Solutions to Solve the Problem that DVD Won't Play on Computer

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2. Can't play DVD on a Media Player

Now many media players can be used as a DVD player on computer. The big-name, VLC media player is such a case. Moreover, the Windows Media Player for Windows computer is also many people's choice. But unavoidably, we meet some hiccups while using these media players to play DVDs. How to fix a DVD that won't play on media players? You can try the following solutions:

• How to Solve the Problem of VLC Won't Play DVD

• Best Way to Solve Windows Media Player Not Playing DVD Problem

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3. Can't Play a DVD on Game Console

Game Consoles like Sony PlayStation 3/4/5, Microsoft Xbox 360/One/Series, and Nintendo Wii/Wii U are not only for playing games, but also useful as the centerpiece for people's home theaters to play DVDs, CDs, digital audio/video files, etc. Similar to playing DVDs on other devices or platforms, you may encounter DVD won't play. We have sorted out the most frequent problems and related solutions for your reference:

• Fix Xbox One Not Reading Disc

• Can PS3 Play DVD

• How to Play DVD Movies on Your Nintendo Wii U

• Fix Xbox One 0x91d70000 for Playing DVD Movies

• How to Play and Watch DVDs on PS5

In Summary

It's all about how to fix the problem of DVD not playing. Anyway. DVD discs are fragile, to avoid unexpected DVD won't play problems in the future, the most reliable method is to digitize DVDs for hassle-free playback. Download this awesome DVD ripper and have a try!

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